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Light and Dark: Painting by Lori Sokoluk


An abstract painting with several long forms that might be birch treesThe Last Birches, acrylic on canvas panel

Today’s featured artist is Lori Sokoluk.  Lori’s works primarily revolve around explorations of experience and impressions. I notice sea creatures, birds and florals as common themes in her portfolio, and I love the bright colours and varied techniques that she uses to portray them!

 

A deep red painting of shapes that could be flowersAeons 2, acrylic, mixed media and metallic leaf on canvas

An abstract painting with lines of rainbow colours running down the canvasAll The Spirits, acrylic on canvas

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Sharp, Broken Realism: Painting by Robert Porazinski


A painting of an oddly fragment bird on a blue backgroundAutomaton #2, acrylic on birch panel

Today’s featured artist is Robert Porazinski. Robert’s painting style expresses a sharp, broken realism. His paintings express their subject matter as similar to shards of glass or as melting, corrupted digital environments. In this process, the forms become distorted and sometimes ambiguous to the point where the work’s title is integral to grounding it in reality.

 

A painting of poppies distorted and meltingEuphoria II, oil on canvas…

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Studio Sunday: Wolfgang Tilmans


A photo of Wolfgang Tilmans in his studio

 

This week we’re looking at the studio space of photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans was born in Germany and currently lives and works in London. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2000.  

 

His studio, pictured here, looks quite expansive. It looks as though Tillmans is busy organizing some works on the floor. I like the little detail of the coffee cup and the pen near the artist’s feet – definitely a sign of some…

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Artist-Run Organization: Blackberry Artist's Society


A watercolour painting of numerous flowersA Bright Bouquet, watercolour on paper, Elizabeth Wallace

The subject of today’s feature is the Blackberry Artist’s Society, based in Port Moody, British Columbia. Blackberry is a fully artist-run organization dedicated to supporting the work of its members through gallery shows and sales at the Blackberry Gift Shop in Port Moody.

 

A front page screen capture of Blackberry Artist's Society's websiteThe front page of the Society's website

Silk scarves, wood carving, ceramics and jewelry are just…

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Headlines: DNA, Gargoyles and Renoir

1) Ai Weiwei to Publish First Memoir

 

A photo of Ai Weiwei

 

 

Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has reportedly signed a book deal for his first memoir, to be published in 2017. The memoir will apparently double as a cultural history of China over the past century, through the lens of Ai’s personal experiences as well as the life story of his father. Both the younger and the senior Ai are known for “revolutionary activities,” and…

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Origins and History: Art by David R. Harper


A diptych featuring a figure in a painting overlaid with patterned embroideryThe Fall, embroidery

David R. Harper’s artworks explore the origins and history of various materials, and connecting classical art with modern methods.

 

Harper works primarily in sculpture and embroidery. I find his embroidered works particularly interesting. In them, the artist references classical paintings, emulating certain painting styles, but omitting parts of the works and replacing these parts with monochromatic or patterned…

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Interactive Global Art: The Priority Boxes Art Project


A photo of a woman in Brooklyn holding a peace boxBrooklyn, NY - 2009

Today's artist feature showcases the priority boxes art project, a 10-year-long, interactive global art project based in New York. The project featured hand-painted boxes filled with apparently intangible commodities like love, peace and hope, that were sent to recipients around the world.

 

A photo of a woman in Taipei, Taiwan holding a peace boxTaipei, Taiwan

Each box made as part of the priority boxes art project was created and painted by artist Frank De Las Mercedes.…

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Tranquil, Hazy Landscapes by Robin Street-Morris


A bright blue, blurred seascape paintingFata Morgana I, watercolour and soft pastel on 300 lb cold press paper

Robin Street-Morris, our featured artist of the day, creates tranquil, hazy landscapes using watercolours and pastels. Robin’s landscapes express remote, secluded regions while attempting to remove human presence and interference.

 

The Landscapes I gallery on Robin Street-Morris' art webpaageRobin's Landscapes I  gallery

I like the way that Robin reduces each image down to its most basic shapes and colours. Each…

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Flowing Colours: Paintings by Bruno Hernani


An abstract painting expressing the F note on a piano keyboardF Note

Today we’re taking a look at the artwork of Bruno Hernani. Bruno is a painter who specializes in bright, highly saturated paintings, with flowing colours and frequent references to spiritual experiences gleaned from astrology, tarot and music.

 

A photo of a mountainous landscape in TibetHimalayas, Tibet, photograph

Bruno’s Impermanence series explores the concept of transience in life, presenting a series of paintings of animals that seem in the process of…

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Monolithic Sculptures by Patricia E. Rangel


An L-shaped sculpture consisting of compacted dirtRevival, compacted dirt

Patricia E. Rangel, our featured artist today, is a sculptor and installation artist who works with heavy materials such as dirt, wood and metal. Patricia is interested in the industry of agriculture and the materials and processes used therein.

 

A sculpture consisting of two wood blocks with a single link of wire fencing between themA Gap in the Fence, fence posts, sterling silver barbed wire, mixed and compacted dirt from various locations

 

Patricia’s striking, monolithic sculptures have an…

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Studio Sunday: Douglas Gordon


A photo of Douglas Gordon sitting at a piano in his studio

 

On this Studio Sunday, let’s take a look inside Douglas Gordon’s workspace. Gordon is from Glasgow, Scotland, and has created works in a wide variety of other media.

 

Gordon’s studio looks quite stark and has the appearance of a warehouse or a garage. I can’t see any traditional art supplies laying around – in fact, the space looks quite clean. The first thing that catches my attention is, of course, the taxidermy wolf…

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Headlines: Airport Art, Dinosaurs and Theme Parks

1) Public Art in San Francisco Airport Includes Yayoi Kusama

 

A photo of Yayoi Kusama's "High Heels for Going to Heaven"

Artworks by Yayoi Kusama and Val Britton are now on display at the San Francisco airport. The works have been incorporated into the airport as part of the city’s art mandate – that is, commercial property developments in San Francisco must spend two percent of the total building cost on art. While KQED notes that none of the artworks get outside the envelope of…

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Pared-Down Paintings by Edith Dora Rey


A painting of two sheep on a monochromatic blue backgroundMeet the Suffolkers, Two, oil on wood panel

Our featured artist today is Edith Dora Rey. Edith is a watercolour and acrylic painter who also dabbles in photography. Born in Switzerland, Edith studied art all over Canada before arriving at her current location in Montreal.

 

An abstracted watercolour painting of a single shrubA Tree Grows in Richmond, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

I like Edith’s photographic series Looks Like Art, where she photographs objects and patterns out in…

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Saturated Ink Designs by Brian Joubert


A tattoo of a butterfly with one wing on each thumbButterfly, tattoo

Today we’re featuring tattoo artist Brian Joubert! Brian works at Gas Pedals Tattoos in Kelowna, BC, where he creates colorful, saturated ink designs for his clients.

 

The subject matter of Brian’s tattoo s varies from client to client, but florals and animals seem to be among his favorites. The tattoos often feature vibrant blues and greens and seem stylistically influenced by traditional Japanese tattoo designs.…

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Advertising and the Body: Art by Elizabeth Zvonar


A wall-mounted sculpture using mannequin handsHands Across the Universe, 4 adult-sized mannequin hands, custom mount

Elizabeth Zvonar’s works frequently use isolated fingers, feet and eyes as well as references to high fashion to explore advertising and the body. The Canadian artist uses a vast array of media in her work, ranging from hand-cut collage to cast sculptures and found objects.

 

A close-up detail of a collage work held up by plaster cast high-heelsThe Spectre, The Serpent, The Ghost, The Thing, aluminum-mounted photo print, gold-plated…

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